Frahm, Santangelo Set Marks As Men's Basketball Routs UTPA
Jan. 8, 2000
SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga University got a school record from Richie Frahm, and a personal best from Matt Santangelo in defeating the University of Texas-Pan American 111-71 Saturday night in a non-conference men's basketball game in The Kennel.
The Bulldogs (10-5) won their second straight outing, while pushing the Broncs (5-8) road losing streak to 64 games in reaching the 100-point plateau for the first time this season. The 40-point win was the biggest for the Bulldogs since a 46-point margin against Chicago State University last season when the Bulldogs downed the Cougars 84-38 in The Kennel.
Frahm became the Bulldogs' all-time 3-point made leader when he hit back-to-back treys in the first two minutes of the contest. He broke the career record of 230 3-pointers held by John Rillie. Frahm finished a perfect 7-for-7 from the field, including 4-of-4 from long range to give him 233 3-pointers to rank sixth in the West Coast Conference. He finished with a game-high 27 points, his fifth 20-plus point effort in his last six games.
Santangelo, meanwhile, ran the show for the Bulldogs with a career-high 11 assists as he moved closer to surpassing John Stockton as the all-time school assists leader. Santangelo, who had 10 assists twice in his career, now has 549 assists in pursuit of Stockton's school mark of 554. With two home games to open WCC play next week, Santangelo seems certain to break the record in front of the home fans.
The Bulldogs, who needed a buzzer-beating 3-pointer last season from Santangelo to beat UTPA 74-73 in Edinburg, TX, didn't leave much doubt about the outcome of this one after racing to an 8-0 lead and pushing the advantage to double-digits just five minutes into the contest when a Frahm layup gave Gonzaga a 17-6 lead. The Broncs would get no closer the rest of the night, the lead reaching as many as 42 points in the waning minutes.
Gonzaga played without the services of Casey Calvary, who was in street clothes following a sprained right ankle suffered late in Tuesday's win at the University of Idaho. Axel Dench, who missed Tuesday's game with a right calf muscle strain, was in uniform but not pressed into action.
Redshirt freshman Zach Gourde, making his second straight start in Dench's absence, matched his career high with 22 points. He scored 22 against Eastern Washington University the second game of the season. Junior Mark Spink got his first career start, responding with 11 points.
The Bulldogs open WCC play Thursday when the University of San Francisco, 12-1 and undefeated since falling in the season opener, visits, followed by rival Santa Clara University Saturday.
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